Nearly twice as many people watched "American Idol" than the Grammy Awards Wednesday when the two music programs went head-to-head in prime time, according to preliminary estimates by Nielsen Media Research.
The "Idol" audience on Fox was 28.3 million while the Grammy Awards were being watched by 15.1 million people from 8 to 9 p.m. EST, Nielsen said.
Within that hour, featured performers on "music's biggest night" included Madonna, John Legend, Coldplay and U2. The Irish rockers were the big Grammy winners, earning album of the year and song of the year for "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own."
Thursday, February 09, 2006
VIEWERS: GRAMMYS CRUMMY
Give us "American Idol," said television watchers, 'cause that's what they want to see -- not some crummy musical numbers featuring over-the-hill performers like Paul McCartney. The Associated Press reports:
We thought about live-threading the Grammys, decided against it and were glad when we saw McCartney doing a mash-up on "Yesterday" with Jay-Z and Linkin Park. Yeah yeah, to quote Mr. Z.